GRPD Partership

posted: August 10th, 2017

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We are proud to continue our partnership with the Grand Rapids Police Department. Learn more about how GRPD Officers are making a difference in the lives of kids at our summer camp, Camp O'Malley, today!

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Grand Rapids chief links drop in street crimes to $2.5M community policing effort

posted: January 11th, 2017

source: mLive

We're so grateful for our partnership with the Grand Rapids Police Department and their commitment to the kids and families in all of the greater Grand Rapids' community. Whether it's the Officers we have stationed at each of our locations or Chief Rahinsky's dedication to positive relationship building--we are lucky to have GRPD!

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Project promotes media diversity for minorities, neighborhoods

posted: March 4th, 2016

source: Grand Rapids Business Journal

There are diverse minority voices in the community that need to be elevated in the media, according to a nonprofit that’s accepted the challenge. Elevating Voices is a project of the Grand Rapids Community Media Center that is using video, Internet and radio “to empower under-represented communities to share their stories and work toward equal representation in the media.”

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Drive Parnters with Meijer & Boys and Girls Club Grand Rapids for School Day Game

posted: February 29th, 2016

source: Our Sports Central

The Grand Rapids Drive has partnered with Meijer and Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids to host the first ever School Day Game on Wed. Mar. 2 at 11am as the Drive take on Rio Grande Valley at the DeltaPlex Arena.

"We are thrilled to partner with such a philanthropic staple in West Michigan in Meijer, and cannot wait to pack the Deltaplex with area students who maybe haven't had a chance to experience a Drive game. Boys and Girls Club of Grand Rapids was a natural fit in this partnership, especially with the youth development tie-in," said SVP of Business Operations for the Grand Rapids Drive Wes Weir.

The game will be host to 3,500 students from surrounding schools and will feature an anti-bullying theme. Players will wear custom designed home jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game with all proceeds benefitting the Boys and Girls Club of Grand Rapids.

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Boys & Girls Club announces Youth of the Year

posted: February 26th, 2016

source: EightWest / WOOD TV 8

Each year, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids nominate teens who are positive role models for the Youth of the Year award. The Youth of the Year award dates back to 1947, and rewards teens for academic success, strong moral character, life goals, poise, and public speaking ability. The winner for 2016 is Ana Sosa. The 15 year old is a sophomore at West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science. She’s been attending the Boys and Girls Club since 2011. She says she is drawn to the music program and is encouraged by the supportive staff. Sosa says her goal is to improve her grades so she can qualify for scholarships and go to college.

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Grand Rapids teen wins Boys & Girls Clubs Youth of the Year

posted: February 26th, 2016

source: MLive

West Michigan Academy of Environmental Science sophomore Ana Sosa is the Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids 2016 "Youth of the Year," officials announced Friday, Feb. 26. The Youth of the Year program honors "the nation's most awe-inspiring young people on their path to great futures and encourages all kids to lead, succeed and inspire."

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Griffins, Flagstar start floor hockey program

posted: January 7th, 2016

source: WZZM 13

The Grand Rapids Griffins want to children to enjoy the game of hockey all year long. The Griffins and Flagstar Bank are working together to start a new floor hockey program. They announced the program Thursday afternoon.

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Griffins and Flagstar Bank Unveil Floor Hockey Program

posted: January 7th, 2016

source: Our Sports Central

The Grand Rapids Griffins and Flagstar Bank on Thursday unveiled a new floor hockey program to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids and the Griffins Youth Foundation. The official launch of Flagstar Floor Hockey was held at the Boys & Girls Club Steil location (235 Straight Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI, 49504).

"The Griffins are so thankful for Flagstar Bank and their commitment to community," said Bob Kaser, Griffins vice president of community relations and broadcasting. "The new floor hockey program provides kids at Boys & Girls Clubs and our Griffins Youth Foundation with another great activity, all while helping grow the game of hockey."

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New youth hockey program coming to Grand Rapids

posted: January 7th, 2016

source: Fox 17

Kids in Grand Rapids now have another way to play the game of floor hockey.

The Grand Rapids Griffins and Flagstar Bank are teaming up to offer year-round floor hockey to local kids. The Boys and Girls Club and the Griffins Youth Foundation are the beneficiaries of the program. Both organizations aim to promote academic excellence and healthy lifestyles for youth in the community. Backers of this program say it’s a great way to introduce more kids to the sport and to promote exercise and healthy lifestyles.

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Be Great Tailgate features Youth of the Year

posted: September 17th, 2015

source: WZZM 13

The Be Great Tailgate fundraiser hosted Wednesday evening by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth celebrated Grand Rapids youth. The Clubs serve more than 3,000 kids in our community. Among those is Chelsea Flemings, a junior at Innovation Central High School, who many agree is a shining light of the program. Chelsea has been coming to the Boys and Girls Club since she was 12.

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Free back to school haircuts given to dozens of Grand Rapids kids

posted: September 7th, 2015

source: Fox 17

For the fifth year in a row, dozens of Grand Rapids kids got a jump start on heading back to the classroom with a free haircut or hair style. The non-profit organization Endless Opportunities organized Monday's event at the Paul I. Phillips Boys and Girls Club, 726 Madison Ave. SE.

"To send a student back with a nice haircut or hair style allows them confidence to go back to school fresh and to get the school year started," said Tanell Thomas of Endless Opportunities.

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Be Great Tailgate

posted: September 3rd, 2015

source: WZZM 13

Scrub out those grass stains and dust off your foam finger for an evening of spirited tailgating and fundraising to support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth in their efforts to ensure every young person receives the support they need to reach their full potential.

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Secchia family donates $500K for Camp O'Malley dining hall makeover

posted: August 11th, 2015

source: MLive

Camp O'Malley, which offers camping experiences for underserved youth, will get its dining hall remodeled thanks to a $500,000 gift from the family of Peter Secchia, a local real estate developer and former U.S. Ambassador to Italy.

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GRPD launches 'Playin' Safe' incentive program

posted: June 24th, 2015

source: WZZM 13

The Grand Rapids Police Department is teaming up with Subway restaurants to keep local kids safe this summer. On Wednesday morning, they kicked off the, "Playin' Safe" incentive program at Camp O'Malley in Alto.

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Keeping teens off the streets during the summer

posted: June 8th, 2015

source: WOTV 4 Women

School is out for the summer for most students in West Michigan, but how can you keep your teen off the streets and out of trouble? There are a handful of places in Grand Rapids that can help keep kids safe.

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Free summer meals available for children 18 and younger

posted: June 8th, 2015

source: MLive

Grand Rapids Public Schools expects to serve about 3,000 children a day when it kicks off its free, nutritious Summer Meal Program on Monday, June 15. When the school bell rang Friday, June 5, to mark the beginning of summer recess, thousands of low-income children in GRPS and in the region no longer had access to the school breakfasts and lunches they rely on during the school year.

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Keeping teens off the streets during the summer

posted: June 5th, 2015

source: WOOD TV 8

School is out for the summer for most students in West Michigan, but how can you keep your teen off the streets and out of trouble? There are a handful of places in Grand Rapids that can help keep kids safe.

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Programs keeping kids safe during summer months

posted: June 1st, 2015

source: FOX 17

School is almost out for the summer, leaving some parents unsure of safe alternatives available for their children during the summer months.

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GRPD building relationships through baseball

posted: April 11th, 2015

source: WZZM 13

 The Grand Rapids Police Department, in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth is creating a new recreational baseball program called "OnBase with GRPD." Officers from the GRPD Community Affairs Unit will be coaching teams of at-risk kids, ages 10 to 12. While the kids will be learning the game of baseball, the primary objective of the program is one of mentorship, which will help to build relationships with the kids in a non-enforcement capacity.

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GRPD launches new community relations unit

posted: April 9th, 2015

source: WOOD TV 8

The Grand Rapids Police Department is launching a new Community Relations Bureau aimed at improving feelings of trust between officers and citizens. GRPD Chief David Rahinsky and Lt. Pat Merrill, who will head up the new unit, unveiled the plan only to 24 Hour News 8 on Thursday and said that it is vital.

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Tigers' opening day at Woody's Press Box

posted: April 6th, 2015

source: Wood TV 8

Woody's Press Box and WGRD hosted a Detroit Tigers' opening day charity event with special guests Dave Rozema and Denny McLain.

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Police officers to coach baseball program

posted: March 31st, 2015

source: WOOD TV 8

The Grand Rapids Police Department is partnering with the Boys and Girls Club to create a community baseball program for kids in the city. OnBase with GRPD encourages a positive relationship with the community and police officers. With the program, police officers will coach teams of at-risk kids to teach the game of baseball and give children positive interactions with officers in a non-enforcement capacity.

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Police officers to coach baseball program

posted: March 26th, 2015

source: WOTV 4 Women

The Grand Rapids Police Department is partnering with the Boys and Girls Club to create a community baseball program for kids in the city. OnBase with GRPD encourages a positive relationship with the community and police officers. With the program, police officers will coach teams of at-risk kids to teach the game of baseball and give children positive interactions with officers in a non-enforcement capacity.

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Grand Rapids sophomore named 'Youth of the Year' by Boys & Girls Club

posted: March 16th, 2015

source: MLive

Innovation Central High School sophomore Chelsea Flemings is the Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids 2015 "Youth of the Year," officials announced Monday, March 16.

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Meet Naton Brown. She beat brain cancer. She defied schoolyard bullies. Next up: graduation.

posted: March 4th, 2015

source: Michigan Radio

It’s hard to remember now. Naton Brown isn’t sure what year it was. But she was eight years old. "Yeah, I don’t remember," she tells me. "I just know that I kept on telling my mom I had headaches, and we went to the hospital, but then the doctor said it’s just because they thought I was dehydrated or something."

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Boys and Girls Club honoring Dr. King

posted: January 19th, 2015

source: WZZM 13

The United Way is honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day of service today. The Boys and Girls Club are painting inspirational people who have been through the club, like Bill Russell, Ashanti Douglas and Denzel Washington at the Paul I. Philips Recreation Center.

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H&R Block, Boys and Girls Club give kids bicycles

posted: December 23rd, 2014

source: WZZM 13

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Twenty kids around Grand Rapids are the proud owners of brand new bicycles, thanks to H&R Block and the Boys and Girls Club of Grand Rapids. H&R Block employees say they hope to recognize the good work the Boys and Girls Club has done in the community.

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Teaching kids the love of music

posted: October 7th, 2014

source: WOOD TV8 eightWest

Kids in Grand Rapids are getting a musical education, thanks to a program at the Boys and Girls Club of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth. Casey Stratton is the Performing Arts Director, teaching piano and guitar to children.

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Giving kids a voice through performing arts

posted: August 25th, 2014

source: WOOD TV 8

There are some exciting things in store this school year at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth. Casey Stratton, Performing Arts Director of the clubs, is getting ready for the third year of the performing arts program. The program is expanding this year to offer piano and guitar lessons five days a week and singing classes three days a week.

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LPGA golfers surprise Grand Rapids-area girls during self-esteem workshop at Meijer Classic

posted: August 12th, 2014

source: MLive

As LPGA golfers made their rounds at the recent Meijer LPGA Classic, they surprised a group of Grand Rapids-area girls at the 17th hole. Nearly 100 girls from the Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids and the YWCA West Central Michigan’s Girls Inc. group attended a self-esteem workshop along the putting area at Blythefield Country Club. The Aug. 8 event, hosted by Dove and Meijer, gave the girls an opportunity to discuss the people in their lives and how they – along with media and other influences -- help shape their behavior and self confidence.

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Learn golf and some valuable life lessons

posted: August 11th, 2014

source: WOTV4Women

Teaching values on the golf course, it’s one of the top priorities for an organization called The First Tee of West Michigan. While the students do learn how to play golf, the program emphasizes teaching them values like honesty, judgement, good sportsmanship, integrity and responsibility.

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WGVU COMMUNITY CONNECTION #1208

posted: August 7th, 2014

source: WGVU

Executive Director Rick Huisman and Board Member Jennifer Boezwinkle join Shelley Irwin on WGVU Community Connect.

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Cops and kids team up on the golf course

posted: August 1st, 2014

source: Fox 17

Law enforcement officers and community youth will team up on Aug. 1 to play golf for the annual Cops Fore Kids event. The all-day event at Gracewil Country Club on 4 Mile Road pairs officers with juvenile offenders on probation, as well as youth from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth Steil, Seidman, and Paul I. Phillips youth centers. The outing is meant to promote positive interaction between youth and law enforcement.

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Grand Rapids youth can eat for free this summer at 17 sites

posted: June 17th, 2014

source: MLive

Grand Rapids Public Schools leaders are encouraging parents with children ages 18 and younger to participate in the free annual Summer Meals Program at 17 sites across the city. Meals begin Monday, June 23, at eight of the district's schools, but children can also be served at other sites, including the Boys and Girls Clubs, NorthPointe Christian, San Juan Diego Academy and Grand Rapids Child Discovery Center.

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ArtPrize Artist Gives Back to Boys and Girls Club

posted: June 11th, 2014

source: WOOD TV8

For one of the artists who participated last year in ArtPrize, Grand Rapids left a profound impression on him and his wife. Alberto and Luz Stella Gomez from Deltona, Florida wanted to give back. Their desire to influence and help young kids, inspired their wish to create a mural at the Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth.

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Season 13, Episode 6 of NPO Showcase

posted: June 3rd, 2014

source: GRTV

NPO Showcase 13-6: Boys & Girls Club Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth Performing Arts Program. Casey Stratton, Performing Arts Director

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Building Youth Through Police Support

posted: June 1st, 2014

source: After School Today

PROFILE: What originated to reduce youth crime became three Clubs and a Camp benefiting a few thousand kids yearly. Grand Rapids Police Department Superintendent Frank O'Malley, realizing 147 youth arrests in 1938 was unacceptable, proposed the idea of providing opportunities within the Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth community to get youngsters off the streets and into helpful activities.

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Nonprofit builds $100K playground

posted: May 26th, 2014

source: Grand Rapids Business Journal

A $100,000 playground is the latest addition to a Grand Rapids neighborhood. The Seidman Boys & Girls Club in Grand Rapids built a playground this month at the club, at 139 Crofton St. SE. The playground is based on drawings by the club’s members. It features two slides, a rock wall, swings, a climbing globe and other pieces.

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Learning the love of music

posted: May 20th, 2014

source: eightWest

Students from Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids learn how to play instruments and compose music.

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New KaBoom! playground being built at Seidman Boys & Girls Club to provide safe place for thousands

posted: May 16th, 2014

source: MLive

On Saturday, May 17, 200 volunteers will help build a KaBOOM! playground at the Seidman Boys & Girls Club. “A community’s well-being begins with a child’s well-being,” said Darell Hammond, founder and CEO of KaBOOM! "With the support from our partners at Good Neighbor Pharmacy and Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth in building this play space, we hope to instill the importance of active play for kids and families in the community for generations to come.”

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How Comcast's big volunteer day will benefit Michigan

posted: April 22nd, 2014

source: MLive

Comcast employees and others will volunteer more than 6,200 hours on Saturday across Michigan, helping out nonprofits in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Flint, Jackson, Lansing and Muskegon Heights. It will mark the 13th annual year for Comcast Cares Day. The cable company’s signature day of service has grown into one of the nation’s largest single-day corporate volunteer effort.

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Burger Bash

posted: April 3rd, 2014

source: WZZM 13

The Grand Rapids Boys and Girls Club of Grand Rapids have partnered with Brann's Steakhouse restaurants to create the first ever Grand Rapids Burger Bash! During the month of April, all Brann's locations will be featuring a specialty "BGClub Burger" on their menu. During this time, 25% of the proceeds from each burger will go back to the Club. The BGC Burger boast Bacon, Swiss, Chipotle Mayo (did we mention Bacon). It's phenomenal, trust us.

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Juvenile crime on the decline in Grand Rapids

posted: March 18th, 2014

source: WWMT CH. 3

The number of young people committing crimes in the city of Grand Rapids has significantly declined. Tuesday, Grand Rapids Police announced a 30-percent decline in youth offenses between 2006 and 2012. There was also a decline in first-time arrests of juvenile offenders and for first-time offenders involving status offenses, such as curfew violations and runaway reports. One boy says he was going down the wrong path, but is turning his life around, thanks to the Boys & Girls Club.

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Rick Huisman on GRTV

posted: February 28th, 2014

source: GRTV

Learn about the new partnership between Grand Rapids Public Schools and Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids.
 

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Boys and Girls Club names 2014 Youth of the Year

posted: February 27th, 2014

source: WZZM 13

Grand Rapids community leaders celebrated the winner of the city's Youth of the Year award. Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids announced the winner during Thursday's celebration luncheon at the Paul I. Phillips Club. This year's winner is 15-year-old Raymond King.

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Grand Rapids kids have transportation to Boys & Girls Clubs' after-school thanks to new partnership

posted: February 13th, 2014

source: Rapid Growth Media

A new partnership between the Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids Youth Commonwealth (BGC-GR), Grand Rapids Public Schools, and Dean Transportation makes it possible for more Grand Rapids kids to participate in the BGC-GR's after-school activities.

Kids from three GRPS elementary schools -- Stocking Elementary, Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership Academy, and Dickinson Academy-- are now able to board a bus at school to go to a BGC-GR location within one mile of the school, participate in activities, and then take a bus to within two blocks of their homes.

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See how a partnership increases attendance at Boys and Girls Clubs afterschool programs

posted: February 5th, 2014

source: MLive

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Grand Rapids is now able to serve more Grand Rapids schools students at its three sites thanks to a new partnership with Dean Transportation, according to Nicole Rodammer, the director of development.

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Grand Rapids Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal kicks off 'Listening Tour'

posted: January 14th, 2014

source: MLive

Grand Rapids Superintendent Teresa Weatherall Neal met with community members and staff Tuesday, Jan. 14, at Gerald R. Ford Academic Center, promising to reinvent the district through her Transformation Plan with their help and support.

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Mateen Cleaves' '1 Goal, 1 Passion' project helps Grand Rapids families with holiday campaign

posted: December 12th, 2013

source: MLive

Michigan State University basketball legend Mateen Cleaves kicked off his initiative to provide for needy families this holiday season by offering food and gifts to Grand Rapids residents. Cleaves and organizers of “1 Goal, 1 Passion: Hope for the Holidays” project greeted local families Thursday, Dec. 12, at the Boys & Girls Club. Families received bags stuffed with the essentials for a holiday meal, as well as gifts and resources for financial planning, counseling and health care assistance

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Boys and Girls Clubs, Subway restaurants and police promote child safety with ID kits

posted: December 2nd, 2013

source: MLive

Safety presentations will be held at Boys & Girls Clubs this week to coincide with an initiative from Grand Rapids area Subway restaurants and the police to promote child safety.

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